What is the CARE program?Cooperative Agencies Resources for Education

The Cooperative Agencies Resources for Education (CARE) is a state-funded program developed to provide educational opportunities for persons receiving TANF benefits. CARE provides support for student retention and academic success, assists students in their academic or vocational objectives, and helps them in breaking away from welfare dependency.

CARE Services and Resources
  • Academic, vocational, and personal advising
  • Financial assistance
  • Assistance with books
  • Transportation
  • Group support
  • Tutoring
  • Peer counseling
  • Referral services
Eligibility Requirements
  • Single head of household
  • Currently receiving TANF (parent and/or child)
  • 18 years of age or older
  • Have at least one child under the age of 18 for whom you receive TANF benefits
  • Be EOPS eligible
  • Have a vocational or academic objective

What is TANF?

TANF stands for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families. The TANF program, which is time-limited, assists families with children when the parents or other responsible relatives cannot provide for the family’s basic needs. Student parents who receive cash aid assistance for either themselves, their children, or both can qualify for services from the CARE program.

How do I apply?

In order to participate in EOPS and CARE, you must complete the EOPS/CARE application and enroll as a full-time student (12 or more units) if your new to EOPS and CARE.  Your application will be evaluated and you will be contacted concerning your eligibility for the program within 7-10 business days.

*Note* If you will not be a full-time student, you may still qualify for EOPS if you are evaluated by the Department of Supportive Program and Services (DSPS) and receiving accommodations for any disabilities. You may contact the DSPS office for more information.

How do I apply to CARE if I’m a current EOPS student?

Contact our EOPS Specialist and ask about enrolling in the CARE program.